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Novak Djokovic says he’s willing to miss major tournaments over COVID-19 vaccine

In his first interview since he was deported from Australia last month and kept out of the Australian Open for refusing a COVID-19 vaccine, tennis star Novak Djokovic told BBC this week he is willing to miss more major tournaments in order to remain unvaccinated against the virus.

“The principles of decision-making on my body are more important than any title, or anything else,” Djokovic said in the broadcasted interview. “I understand the consequences of my decision.” 

Djokovic also told BBC he does not want to be associated with the anti-vaccine movement, but rather supports freedom of choice when it comes to vaccines.

“I was never against vaccination, but I’ve always supported the freedom to choose what you put in your body.” He mentioned he is not against possibly being vaccinated in the future, saying he is “keeping [his] mind open, because we are all trying to find collectively, a best possible solution to end Covid.”

Djokovic hopes future tournaments might change their vaccine requirements so he can compete, but his decision to avoid vaccination against the COVID-19 virus may impact his ability to overtake Rafael Nadal’s 21 grand slam record.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: SKY SPORTS

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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